Picture this: Ben Winterton with an assortment of cameras from the collection spanning a century of photography. Inset: Field cameras, two Leica cameras and a Sanderson plate camera.

Picture this! Thousands of cameras for sale as Tamworth auction focuses on huge photographic collection

THOUSANDS of cameras are going under the hammer as a collection spanning a century of photography comes up for auction.

The sale developing at Richard Winterton Auctioneers features a colossal collection ranging from early plate cameras to modern day digital equipment.

Brands include Leica, Zenza Bronica, Zeiss Ikon, Mamiya, Canon, Polaroid, Voigtlander, Nikon, Pentax, Kodak and Minox – the latter known as the tiny ‘spy’ cameras seen in vintage espionage movies – plus numerous USSR-made examples, Cine film projectors and camera and magic lantern slides.

Incredibly, the entire array was accumulated by one enthusiastic collector and restorer.

It will all go under the hammer as part of Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Cameras, Records & Musical Instruments Sale on Thursday, July 7, starting at 9.30am from The Tamworth Auction Rooms at 34-35 Church Street.

View the catalogue here

A rare Iford Advocate camera.
A rare Iford Advocate camera.

“It’s one of the largest collections I have ever seen,” said valuer and cataloguer Stuart Hay.

“It’s not just the size of the collection – it’s the overall quality that is impressive.

“It is effectively a lifetime’s fascination with cameras and the workings of, showcasing the history of photography from the turn of the 19th/20th century to the modern day.”

A Leica R3 SLR camera and a Leica 2 Rangefinder; two medium format cameras; two Kodak boy scout and one girl guide folding cameras.
A Leica R3 SLR camera and a Leica 2 Rangefinder; two medium format cameras; two Kodak boy scout and one girl guide folding cameras.

Ranging from plate cameras to digital compacts and spanning a century of photography, researching and cataloguing the collection took about 10 days’ solid work.

Presented across 160 lots, the collection includes 50 early field cameras and 300 Kodak cameras.

There are vintage Russian copies of Leica cameras, an unusual Voigtlander zoom lens, a rare Iford Advocate camera, a Canon EOS 5d digital cameras plus lenses, accessories and parts.

An ICA'BEBE strut folding camera.
An ICA’BEBE strut folding camera.
A Canon EOS 5d mk1 with an EFis usm 24-105 lens and a Canon EFLIS ultrasonic 100-400 lens.
A Canon EOS 5d mk1 with an EFis usm 24-105 lens and a Canon EFLIS ultrasonic 100-400 lens.

“It’s been an interesting journey through the ages of photography,” added Mr Hay.

“The collection is very much a love affair with cameras and the way they work.”

View the catalogue here

To book an appointment to view in person or arrange a valuation, telephone on 01827 217746 or email tamworth@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Picture this: Ben Winterton with an assortment of cameras from the collection spanning a century of photography. Inset: Field cameras, two Leica cameras and a Sanderson plate camera.
Ben Winterton with an assortment of cameras from the collection spanning a century of photography. Inset: Field cameras, two Leica cameras and a Sanderson plate camera.
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